Transition

Locum Work – Taking the Leap and Defying Gravity

My occupational therapy journey so far has felt like a rollercoaster. It all started with the first ascent into acute inpatient mental health. After a year, I finally felt that the journey had smoothed out. Then came the next big hill - working in eating disorders, followed by another hill as I was promoted to senior occupational therapist and… Continue reading Locum Work – Taking the Leap and Defying Gravity

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Transition

The 18-Month Roller-Coaster Ride: An Update

It's been over six months since I wrote the last blog post about my transition from student to newly qualified occupational therapist. As I questioned whether I had enough to say to warrant another post, a realisation hit me: I no longer feel "newly qualified". Of course, I still have a lot to learn, but university… Continue reading The 18-Month Roller-Coaster Ride: An Update

Presentations, Transition

Being a Third Culture Kid: A River of Transition

Here is the link to the recording of my presentation for this year's Occupational Therapy 24-our Virtual Exchange (#otvx13): 'Being a Third Culture Kid: A River of Transition', which I presented virtually, in my onesie on 26th October 2013. The abstract is available on the OT4OT site. My presentation starts about halfway through, following Kerstin… Continue reading Being a Third Culture Kid: A River of Transition

Presentations, Third Culture Kids, Transition

Announcement: #ot24vx Presentation

The schedule for this year's 24 hour virtual exchange has been published. This year's topic is 'Transition', and I'm very excited to (finally) be able to tell you all: I'm going to presenting this year on my experience of being a(n adult) third culture kid. A Third Culture Kid (TCK) is a person who has… Continue reading Announcement: #ot24vx Presentation

Transition

The Roller-Coaster Continues: from Acute to Eating Disorders

This week marks the end of my first year as an occupational therapist, and with it, the end of my first (temporary) post. I've enjoyed working in adult acute inpatient mental health, particularly the flexibility that the role affords. Being ward-based has allowed me to work very closely with the multidisciplinary team, constantly re-evaluating my… Continue reading The Roller-Coaster Continues: from Acute to Eating Disorders

Transition

Occupational Therapy Interviews

This time last year, I breathed a huge sigh of relief as I turned off my NHS Jobs e-mail subscription. I accepted a fixed term post and quickly put the temporary nature of the job out of my mind. However, 9 months later, I turned the e-mail alerts back on as my contract neared its… Continue reading Occupational Therapy Interviews

Transition

Emerging 2 OT: The Journey So Far

I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to share my experiences at the Emerging 2 OT student conference, organised by Michelle Perryman (@Symbolic_Life) and her fantastic team. Live tweets from the day have been compiled in a GrabChat, and analytics are available on Symplur for those ultra-geeks out there (it's okay, you can click… Continue reading Emerging 2 OT: The Journey So Far

Transition

Becoming a “Real OT” – the Roller-Coaster Ride

As a student, I often said "I can't wait to be a real OT". At the start of April, I will have been in my first occupational therapy post for six months. So does this mean I am now "real"? My transition from student to practitioner has been exciting and squee-inducing, but it has also… Continue reading Becoming a “Real OT” – the Roller-Coaster Ride